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02 April 2002 @ 10:12 am
"Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide" by Eric A. Meyer  
This book is part of the O'Reilly series of definitive guides to web authoring, and covers CSS1 with an overview of CSS2. Cascading style sheets are a method of specifying how your HTML document should look - removing the need to put presentational markup within the document itself. For instance instead of using <font> tags to specify the colour of an H1 heading, you use a rule in the syle sheet to specify the colour. This is then applied to every H1 in any document which uses that style sheet, rather than having to specify every one individually. Obviously this makes life easier when changing things!

It starts from basics, assuming you know nothing about cascading style sheets, which was useful for me as I did indeed know nothing about them. The book is very clearly written and not only explains what is supposed to happen but also explains some of the problems in the current (at time of writing) browser implementations. Where possible it gives work arounds for bugs in the different browsers. In the Preface it states that all you need to understand the book is a decent knowledge of HTML 4.0, however my knowledge of HTML was pretty much limited to what I have used in LJ and I only needed to ask a few questions (like "What's a <DIV>?") to understand, everything else could be worked out from context.
Johnjarel on April 2nd, 2002 05:09 am (UTC)
It was a well-written book, useful as both a tutorial and a reference.

My only gripe is that it could do with an update regarding the CSS support in more recent browser releases, although the details it includes are a good starting point.
Martin Atkins: thumbupmart on April 2nd, 2002 08:47 am (UTC)

I've never read the book, but I know Eric Meyer's a smart guy who explains himself well... I had several conversations with him on USENET a few years back.

peagles on April 2nd, 2002 12:30 pm (UTC)
I tend to use the O'Reilly books for reference material and so far have not found a better series.